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What causes postpartum psychosis?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: Hormones, genes.

2% of the population have psychosis at one time of their lives, and postpartum periods are particularly likely to exacerbate underlying psychopathology because of the profound hormonal fluxes that occur. Prompt medical attention is essential to avoid dire outcomes!

In brief: Hormones, genes.

2% of the population have psychosis at one time of their lives, and postpartum periods are particularly likely to exacerbate underlying psychopathology because of the profound hormonal fluxes that occur. Prompt medical attention is essential to avoid dire outcomes!
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Mood disorder

About 1/1000 women experience postpartum psychosis (ppp), usually within the first few days of delivery.
It appears to be the severest version of postpartum depression (1/8 women). Women with a prior history of depression are at greater risk for both than those without, and those with a history of bipolar disorder appear at special risk for ppp. You should discuss with your ob.

In brief: Mood disorder

About 1/1000 women experience postpartum psychosis (ppp), usually within the first few days of delivery.
It appears to be the severest version of postpartum depression (1/8 women). Women with a prior history of depression are at greater risk for both than those without, and those with a history of bipolar disorder appear at special risk for ppp. You should discuss with your ob.
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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